Heller High Fall 2020 Online General Studies Course Offerings

English 10/11/12 (Regular, Honors): This writing workshop is designed to develop the students’ skills in literary analysis and to use these skills to improve their writing. Students are required to critically read and analyze various genres of literature and to express their comprehension of the material through assignments which focus on expository, persuasive, descriptive writing. In small group and individual tutorials, students meet with the English faculty to review their written assignments with an eye to improving their grammar, vocabulary and writing skills as well as critical thinking. The class requirements and goals are modified to consider the grade level of the students and whether they are taking the course on the honors level. Literary works studied vary from semester to semester, depending on what the students have studied in their home schools. Considering the unique living experience that the students have in Israel, Israeli literature is read in addition to works by American and British authors. This may include essays by Zionist philosophers, Israeli short stories and a novel by an Israeli author in translation.

AP English Language and Composition: The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.

AP English Literature and Composition: The AP English Literature and Composition course is an introductory college literature course. It comprises an intensive study of works of recognized literary merit from various genres, time periods, and cultures. In this course students learn rhetorical techniques in order to evaluate, interpret and compare works of literature. Students learn to produce writing that focuses on the critical analysis of literature and includes expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. The course teaches the student to develop and organize ideas in clear, coherent, and persuasive language that demonstrates an extensive vocabulary and variety of sentence structure. The student learns to makes inferences that lead to an interpretive conclusion about the text’s meaning. Throughout the course, students will engage in extended, thought- provoking class discussions and oral analyses of pieces of literature.

Spanish II (Regular, Honors): The Level II course includes a review of basic Spanish and the introduction of more advanced grammatical structures along with considerable vocabulary. The course is designed to increase the students' command of Spanish with particular attention to the everyday language of the student.

The fall semester covers the following topics: ser vs. estar, estar and hay, regular and irregular verbs in the present indicative, root changing verbs, personal pronouns, reflexive verbs with direct and indirect objectives, the preterit and imperfect with regular and irregular verbs, gerunds and participles.

Spanish III (Regular, Honors): The fall semester covers conversational, grammar, writing and reading skills as well as cultural aspects of Latin America and Spain. The topics covered during the fall semester are: describing people and things; activities; personal care and grooming; chores and transportation. Grammar topics include review of gender and number of nouns, articles and adjectives; ser vs. esta; reflexive verbs; progressive constructions; subjunctive tense; adverbs and prepositions of place; and por vs. para.

Writing drills and composition work through literature and vocabulary development are implemented.

Spanish IV (Regular, Honors): The prerequisite for this course is three years of Spanish. The course reviews relevant grammar topics and stresses the subjunctive mood, subordinate sentences, connectors, comprehension of complex structures, current vocabulary and idioms. It also includes practice in writing, speaking and reading literature and the newspaper.

AP Spanish: The prerequisite for this course is four years of Spanish. The prerequisite for this course is four years of Spanish. The fifth year of Spanish further develops the students' ability to read original selections from many genres of Spanish literature. Attention is also given to increasing fluency with the language. The students complete their study of the major grammatical structures and verb tenses as well as review those previously learned. The course is conducted in Spanish. The teacher will select the literary material to be studied.

French II (Regular, Honors): The second year of French expands the aural, oral, reading, and written skills developed in French I. Emphasis is placed on conversation as the majority of the class is conducted in French.

Topics covered during the fall semester include: the verbs dire, ecrire, lire, use of the present tense, passe compose with avoir, the verbs pouvoir, vouloir, devoir, connaitre and savoir, complementary pronouns with direct and indirect objects, the pronouns en and lequel, the subjunctive, the verb mettre, comparative adjectives and adverbs, the verbs repeter, acheter, jeter, voir, croire, boire, verbs such as recevoir and the imperfect.

Topics covered during the spring semester include: se and the imperfect, relative pronouns, the future tense, the verb conduire, quel and lequel, demonstrative pronouns, the subjunctive, the conditional, the verbs suivre and vivre, the past conditional, the futur anterior, the past subjunctive and the uses of the subjunctive following pour que, a condition que, avant que, quoique and sans que.

French III (Regular, Honors): Vocabulary and oral language development are integral parts of the overall French program. The fall semester of French III covers the passe compose with etre and pronominal verbs, the imperfect, the difference between the imperfect and the passe compose, the verbs rire, sourire, plaire, the imperfect with pronominal verbs, conditional of vouloir, pouvoir, devoir, demonstrative pronouns, the verb peindre, the future tense of irregular verbs, c’est and il est, qui and que, dont, relative pronouns with ce, the subjunctive of aller, faire, prendre, venir, avoir, etre, pouvoir, savoir and vouloir.

Topics covered during the spring semester include: the pluperfect, present participles, the use of the infinitive, various uses of the subjunctive, the conditional, phrases with si, il y a and ca fait, depuis, depuis quand and depuis combien de temps, the future tense after quand, lorsque, des que and aussitot que, the verbs vaincre and convaincre, indefinite pronouns, the past conditional and the past subjunctive.

French IV (Regular, Honors): The fourth year of French further develops the students' ability to read original selections from many genres of French literature. Attention is also given to increasing fluency with the language. The students complete their study of the major grammatical structures and verb tenses as well as review those previously learned. The course is conducted in French. The teacher will select the literary material to be studied.

AP French Language/Literature: This AP course in French further develops the students' ability to read original selections from many genres of French literature. Attention is also given to increasing fluency with the language. The students complete their study of the major grammatical structures and verb tenses as well as review those previously learned. The course is conducted in French. The teacher will select the literary material to be studied.

World History (Regular, Honors): The fall semester of this survey course begins with the study of early human civilizations from prehistoric times through the first ancient civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt and China. The age of the classical civilizations (Greek and Roman) and the era leading to the formation of Europe are the focus of the second quarter of the grading period.

U.S. History (Regular, Honors, AP): The fall semester investigates the history of the United States from exploration and early settlement until the Civil War. Emphasis is placed upon the study of the U.S. Constitution along with the following topics: the European settlement of the New World, the Native Americans, the Mayflower Compact and the original 13 colonies, the Salem witch trials, the French and Indian war, the Boston massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence, the first presidency, the Bill of Rights, the Louisiana Purchase, the war of 1812, the Alamo, slavery and the Underground Railroad, secession and the Civil War and its aftermath.

U.S. Government (Honors, AP): This course introduces the student to the study of our national, state and local governments, provides the basic concepts of our government and explores areas of political interests to all citizens. The course includes consideration of the political process and democratic ideology, such as equality, liberty and justice and stresses the process by which political decisions are made. The course also examines how decisions that are made at the national and state levels impact the local level and, conversely, how local issues affect state and national policy. The differences between liberal and conservative political thought is also examined.

AP European History: This course introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. The goals include the development of an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history and an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation and an ability to express historical understanding in writing.

AP World History: AP World History focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about world history from approximately 8000 BCE to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Five themes of equal importance — focusing on the environment, cultures, state-building, economic systems, and social structures — provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. AP World History encompasses the history of the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, with special focus on historical developments and processes that cross multiple regions.

Economics, Macro, or Micro (Regular, Honors, AP): The first half of the course introduces the basic principles of economics as a social science; topics such as scarcity, supply and demand and bureaucratic organization make up this microeconomic section of the course. The second half of the course examines topics related to the total economy, macroeconomics. Economic performance, taxes, banking, inflation, unemployment and trade are emphasized. This course leads students to a more comprehensive understanding of current events and helps them prepare for college economics courses.

The objectives of the Math Department are to provide students with a strong foundation of mathematical concepts, techniques and applications in order to prepare them to advance in their math studies, to use technology to facilitate learning, to encourage students to became actively involved in learning, to develop students’ quantitative reasoning and problem solving skills.

Geometry (Regular, Honors): The fall semester of this course covers the following topics: the characteristics of lines, rays, angles, segments, bisectors, adjacent and supplementary angles; proofs; parallel lines; indirect proofs, parallel postulate, angles of a triangle, exterior and remote interior angles of a triangle, congruent triangles; congruence of isosceles, overlapping and right triangles, polygons and parallelograms.

Algebra II (Regular, Honors): This integrated course is designed for students who have mastered the facts and concepts of Algebra I and plane geometry. The fall semester topics include: basic concept of algebra and inequalities, linear equations and functions, slopes and equations of lines, relations and functions, products and factors of polynomials, exponents, rational expressions and equations, roots, radicals, real, irrational, and complex numbers.

Trigonometry (Regular Honors): Topics covered in this semester course include: trigonometric functions, radians and degrees, angular and linear velocity, sine and cosine functions, graphing trigonometric functions, right triangle trigonometry and basic identities, angles of evaluation, depression and bearing, oblique triangles, introduction to vectors, sum and difference identities, half angle and double angle identities, product/sum identities, inverse trigonometric functions, complex numbers and polar co- ordinates.

Pre-Calculus (Regular, Honors): The topics included in the fall semester are: polynomial functions, remainder and factor theorems, graphing polynomial functions, maximum and minimum points, operations on functions, graphs and inverses of functions, integral and rational exponents, growth and decay problems, laws of logarithms base changes, curve fitting and models and matrices.

The spring semester covers: polar coordinates, vectors and determinants, finite and infinite sequences and series, Venn diagrams, principals of combinations, permutations, binomial theorem, limits, series, derivatives and extreme value problems as well as an introduction to Calculus.

AP Calculus AB/BC: Topics covered during the fall semester include: limit and their properties differentiation, tangent line problem, chain rule, implicit differentiation, and related rates, extreme, mean value theorem, increasing and decreasing functions, second derivative test, curve sketching, optimization problems, integration formula, sigma notation, Riemann sums, integration by substitution, fundamental theorem of Calculus, manipulating the natural logarithmic function, integration and differentiation of exponential function, inverse trigonometric functions and hyperbolic functions.

Biology (Regular, Honors): The fall semester covers an overview of the scientific method and notation, the composition of matter and mass, energy and chemical reaction, water and organic compounds, the structure and function of cells, homeostasis and transport, diffusion and osmosis, photosynthesis and respiration, DNA, RNA, proteins, organization of nuclear acids in chromosomes, mitosis and meiosis, genetics, evolutionary theory, taxonomy, microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, protozoa, algae and fungi.

Chemistry (Regular, Honors, AP): The fall semester begins with the study of fundamental concepts of Chemistry as an experimental science. The metric system is reviewed. Major topics to be studied include: measurement and calculation, classification of matter, atomic structure, electron clouds and probability molecular geometry, states of matter, condensed states, phase changes, gases and kinetic theory, solutions, energy and disorder, reaction rate and chemical equilibrium, acids and bases.

Physics (Regular, Honors, AP 1 or 2): Topics covered during the fall semester include an introduction to Physics; measurement; concepts of motion; dynamics; energy; the theory of relativity; kinetic theory of matter, the nature of liquid and thermodynamics.

Environment Science (Regular, Honors, AP): The goal of the Environmental Science courses is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them.

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